This is a momentous step in the Ransomware cybercrime underworld. REvil, one of the most prolific ransomware gangs that attacked and extorted numerous organisations between 2018-2021, has been disrupted by the Russian authorities with most of its members captured.  Video footage of the operation was even shared by the FSB.

The FSB made the announcement in its website providing some of the details of the operation.  They quote:

The search activities were based on the appeal of the US competent authorities, who reported on the leader of the criminal community and his involvement in encroaching on the information resources of foreign high-tech companies by introducing malicious software, encrypting information and extorting money for its decryption.

The FSB of Russia established the full composition of the criminal community “REvil” and the involvement of its members in the illegal circulation of means of payment, and documented illegal activities.

This is a positive bit of news for everyone that has come across the harrowing experience of ransomware attacks before.  That said, it is also important to be cautious about expectations as ransomware gangs are like a hydra, they keep reappearing all the time.  Perhaps for now though, this win may quench some of the raging fires of ransomware gangs and slow them down if only for a while.

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Russian state-owned news outlet TASS posted video on YouTube that it said was of the arrests.